Okay maybe that's a bit of an exaggeration but it is amazing what a little success can do for your motivation and confidence. I always knew I had a faster runner in me and I am glad to see it wasn't just wishful thinking. If I figure out what magical formula finally brought this to life, I'll let you know.
In case you haven't guessed, Mountains to Beach (MTB) half marathon went pretty well:) I PR'ed with a 1:53:19 (8:39average and over a 4 min PR). Everybody seemed to PR this weekend - MFR, my friend Kevin who I ran most the race with, Sarah & Margot (who I met at the finish line), etc... MTB was the Oprah of PR's - "you get a PR, you get PR...EVERYBODY gets a PR!!!!"
The whole weekend felt like a life PR. It consisted of hanging out by the ocean, paddle boarding, good friends, eating, drinking, eating some more, drinking some more and lots of activities including hiking in Malibu canyon and an open water ocean swim. Pretty much the perfect weekend which was topped off with that whole PR thing and getting upgraded to first class on the way home. That upgrade (aka free wine and peanut M&M's) came in handy when we had to circle SFO for an extra 30min because of weather. You can circle for hours if you provide me with red wine & chocolate; actually it had to be peanut M&M's. Regular M&M's and I would have had some choice words.
|One of multiple beach walks and stalking Courtney Cox's house. Turns out she did not want to invite me in for drinks.
|View from our hike post race in Malibu Canyon.
|Pre-race paddle boarding!
|I seriously ate sh** right after this photo was taken.
The race itself was once again one of my favorites. It was very small (I think limited to 1200 marathoners & 1200 halfers) and had a great local feel to it. Gorgeous course on a nice scenic bike path with a perfect steady decline = race heaven. Packet pickup was at the local high school:
|I love small races.
There were no complicated corrals or even the national anthem. They shot off a pellet gun and we were off right at 6am. Of course I forgot to turn on my Garmin until 30 seconds before the race start. When it came on and said low battery, I almost lost it. It had been charging for like 24 hours, WTF? I quickly got out my phone and started my Strava App so I could capture my data even though I wouldn't be able to see it during the race.
For the first mile or two my hands and arms were completely numb. I just kept shaking them out and hoping to get some blood pumping. Although I was running side by side with Kevin, we both had music on so we weren't chatting, just trying to match our strides. I used the steady decline to my advantage. I felt great but had no idea how fast we were running and I started to worry I wouldn't be able to keep it up.
Mile 1 - 8:47
Mile 2 - 8:13
Mile 3 - 8:15
Mile 4 - 8:17
Mile 5 - 8:07
After mile 5 or so, Kevin started telling me our splits every mile. It was when he said, "we're on pace for a 1:48 overall" that I realized just how fast I was going and the panic set in. I knew I wouldn't be able to keep up that pace but w/o my Garmin I couldn't gauge how much I should be slowing down. I had a Gu at 6.5 and played the mental game of am I going to fast or am I okay until mile 7 when we reached the ocean. That's when it really set in and I started to feel the fatigue. I tried to keep up the pace but the flat felt like an incline.
Mile 6 - 8:09
Mile 7 - 8:37
(stopped for some water & Gu)
Mile 8 - 8:13
Mile 9 - 8:34
Mile 10 - 8:36
Mile 11 - 8:50
Mile 12 - 9:05
Mile 13 - 8:59
|PR's and squinty eyes for everyone!
Afterward I met fellow Nuun'ers Sarah & Margot and HTC Nuun teammate Robyn. Turns out, Robyn and I both grew up in Eugene know a bunch of the same people - got to love small towns. Great finally meeting everyone in person that I've only known through
I would recommend this race to everyone especially if you're looking to PR or BQ and love sun, sand and an awesome downhill course. SoCal - you done good! Also if anyone happens to own a house on Malibu beach and is looking for a buddy to drink wine and IPA's with on their balcony and bask in their new 8:39 average pace, just let me know. Ms. Cox I am talking to you!
|Love the medal - already donated the shirt:)